• Vincent Debut (Executive coordinator)

  • João Soeiro de Carvalho (Scientific coordinator)


Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas,

Universidade Nova de Lisboa,

Av. de Berna 26 C, 1069-061 Lisboa

Tel: 21 790 8300 Fax: 011-3456-7890

Academic staff

Vincent Debut


Associate Professor of Acoustics. V. Debut is a French researcher working in Portugal, addressing acoustic issues concerned with musical instruments. He merges pratical insights as a musician (oboe) and a physicist (MSc+PhD), and for nearly 15 years, he has worked on physical modeling, with an emphasis on modal techniques, for sound synthesis and optimization of musical instruments. Recently he has produced works of international interest in the area of Cultural Heritage, for preserving rare musical instruments. Currently, he works as a postdoc researcher at the Instituto de Etnomusicologia, Música e Dança, housed by the New University of Lisbon (NOVA, Portugal), and lectures Acoustics as an invited professor at NOVA.
While working in France, his research aimed at providing a better understanding of sound production in wind instruments. His work has brought new perspectives to sound synthesis and instrument construction, and includes a thorough analysis of the clarinet’s tuning, a new framework for sound synthesis of musical sounds as well as the construction of a clarinet-like instrument for children.
In 2006, he joined the Applied Dynamics Laboratory (ADL, Portugal) as a postdoc researcher and started developing cross-discipline research projects with NOVA, bridging Exact Sciences and Humanities. In this framework, he successfully produced results which are of indisputable value for musicological purposes, hence demonstrating the feasibility and relevance of the scientific approach he developed. Recent works includes the assessment of the tuning of the European’s largest 18th century carillons, the physics-based sound synthesis of the Portuguese guitar as well as the sound resurrection of the oldest bell recognized in Portugal from archaeological data. His scientific productivity includes 3 book chapters, 53 papers (12 in international peer-reviewed journals; 41 in international conference proceedings) and 4 technical reports. His work has been awarded four prizes (2 international and 2 national).

Octávio Inácio


Octávio Inácio is an Acoustics and Vibrations consultant whose work focuses on Architectural Acoustics and Industrial Noise and Vibration Control. He received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Porto (FEUP) in 1997. His musical background as a classical guitarist led to a Master Degree in Sound and Vibration Studies at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) of the University of Southampton, in 1998. 

The year after, Octávio began a professional career totally dedicated to Acoustics and Vibrations, as an independent acoustical consultant, as well as an Acoustics lecturer and researcher at the School of Music and Performing Arts of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto. His continuous work in Acoustics consultancy led him to establish his own company – InAcoustics – in 2004, with work extending from industrial noise and vibration control to environmental and particularly, architectural acoustics. 

In 2009 Octávio finished his PhD in Sound and Vibration Studies at the ISVR of the University of Southampton, with a thesis on the nonlinear dynamics of bowed musical instruments. Author and co-author more than 40 scientific papers published in international journals and conference proceedings, his current research interests focus on architectural and musical acoustics, optimization methods applied to acoustical components and auralization techniques for room acoustics.

Filippo Bonini Baraldi


Filippo Bonini Baraldi is researcher FCT at the Instituto de Etnomusicologia (INET-MD), Universidade Nova, Lisbon (Portugal). He graduated in Electronic Engineering at Padova University (Italy) in 2001, completed a MA degree in Music Technology at the Institute of Research and Coordination Acoustic/Music (IRCAM, Paris) in 2003, and accomplished a PhD in Ethnomusicology at Nanterre University in 2010 with the jury's unanimously honours. He obtained a doctoral grant by the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS, 2003-2006) and a post-doctoral fellowship by the Society of Ethnology of Nanterre (E. Fleichman, 2011). His doctoral researches have been awarded with the prestigious international PhD thesis prize by Quai Branly Museum (Paris, 2011). In 2013, he published his first monograph on Romanian Gypsies' musical life ("Tsiganes, musique et empathie") in the distinguished editions Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (Paris), which has been awarded in 2014 with a prize by Charles Cros Academy (France). From 2007 to 2014, he has been lecturer in ethnomusicology at the Music Department of Paris VIII Saint-Denis University, where he set up a course on the subject of Music and Emotion, and where he supervised students at a graduate and undergraduate level. During the year 2014-2015 he has been Invited Professor (CAPES fellow) at the Universidade Federal da Paraiba (Brazil). He has also been invited to give conferences and courses in many European universities, including University College London, University La Sapienza (Rome), Universidade Federal do Pernambuco (Brazil), Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey) and Ghent University (Belgium). His researches on musical emotion are strongly interdisciplinary and combine methods of ethnomusicology, music computing and cognitive sciences. They have been published in book chapters and in major scientific journals. He participated in the creation and the scientific coordination (2005-2010) of the research network "Music, Cognition, Societies", funded by the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). Filippo Bonini Baraldi is also a musician (violonist) performing in major music festivals (BabelMed-Mondomix prize in 2013 with the group "Wanlov & the Afro-Gypsy Band") and a film maker of music documentaries (Prize of the French Society of Ethnomusicology at the XXIV Festival Jean Rouch, Paris, 2005, for the film "Plan-séquence d'une mort criée").

Iñigo Sanchez Fuarros

Iñigo Sánchez Fuarros is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Insitute of Ethnomusicology and the Center for the Study of Music and Dance (INET-MD) at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He received his PhD in anthropology from the University of Barcelona (Spain) with a dissertation on the musical practices of the Cuban diaspora in Barcelona. His publications include the monograph ‘Cubaneando’ en Barcelona. Música, migración y experiencia urbana (CSIC, 2012), a special issue of the Revista d’Etnologia de Catalunya titled “Cultures urbanes contemporànies”, as well as various articles and book chapters. His current work focuses on the relationship between music, urban space, and gentrification in Lisbon. He is the editor of TRANS-Transcultural Music Review.

Miguel Moraes Cabral


Miguel Moraes Cabral (1984) is a director and a sound recorder. He works with several Portuguese directors in recording and sound editing. Jorge's Paths, his first feature documentary film about an itinerant knife-sharpener in the north of Portugal, was released in Doclisboa 2013 (special mention) and was selected in several international film festivals (Torino, Krakow, Camerimage, etc).



[2017] O Homem de Trás-os-Montes (short)
[2013] Os Caminhos de Jorge 
[2009] Equilibrio Justo (short)

Miguel Carvalho


Miguel Carvalho graduated in Musical Sciences at Universidade do Minho in 2010, and presented his Master’s thesis titled “Acoustic characterization of the Mafra carillon bells” in 2012, under the supervision of Prof. Vincent Debut (PhD), at Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas (FCSH), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL). In 2010 he joined INET-md (FCSH/UNL) and Applied Dynamics Laboratory (Campus Tecnológico e Nuclear/Instituto Superior Técnico/Universidade Técnica de Lisboa) in the project PTDC/EAT-MMU/104255/2008 supported by the FCT. Currently, he is in the final stages of his PhD titled “The development of advanced methods of musical acoustics for the tuning and restoration of historical carillons”, supported by a research grant from FCT, under supervision of Prof. Vincent Debut and Dr. José Vieira Antunes (LDA/CTN/IST/UTL).

His main research interests are music acoustics and organology, with particular focus on experimental modal analysis, physical modelling and optimization of musical instruments.

Presently he also integrates the research team of the multidisciplinary project “Singing bronze: material sciences and acoustic engineering advanced techniques toward the preservation of the Mafra carillon bells”, winner of the collaborative research award from Santander Totta/Universidade NOVA de Lisboa 2015/2016 and the research project “Timbila, Makwayela e Marrabenta: um século de representação musical de Moçambique”, supported by the FCT.

His research has been published in book chapters, international peer-reviewed journals and international conference proceedings and has received two awards by the International Symposium on Musical Acoustics (2014) and the Portuguese Museology Association (2015). 

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